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Founding Brothers

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ClassGraphic Quite often, in our contentious political environment, we are admonished to look back for guidance to the
collective paternal wisdom of our nation’s Founding Fathers. This implies, of course, that these men were of a
single mind. In his book Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation (Vintage paperback, 2000), Joseph Ellis
focuses on the decade of the 1790s and the earliest days of the republic. He reminds us “the political dialogue
within the highest echelon of the revolutionary generation was a decade-long shouting match.” The founders, in
other words, were more like competing siblings than the conventional view allows. Familiarity bred contention,
and these hot-headed brothers often brawled — intellectually, politically, and sometimes even physically. Ellis
focuses on six specific incidents that illustrate the founder’s wrangling, ranging from widely known events
to clandestine encounters. Our cast of characters will include John Adams, Aaron Burr, Benjamin Franklin,
Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington. Join us as we discover how
these men collaborated and collided with one another to create the American republic, and then held it together
throughout the volatile early years by sustaining their presence until national habits and customs took root.

Class Details

4 Sessions
Weekly - Wed

Wieboldt Hall

Dan Burns 



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s) Instructional Method
1/16/2019 - 2/6/2019 Weekly - Wed 1:15 PM - 3:15 PM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map Dan Burns  ClassRoom